Ye Olde Laminaria

Jill P.:

This weekend I took a trip to the Renaissance and Pleasure Faire in Irwindale.  Sean and I have been planning to go for weeks and finally made it.  He was kind of sick and I’m maybe on the verge of sickness so we didn’t have a lot of energy.  Enough energy to eat frozen cheesecake on a stick though.  I wore a costume that I put together two years ago when we went the last time.  I didn’t get a picture this time, so let’s get in the time machine to 2006 when…

…I looked exactly the same!

I’m wearing a hand-knit corset/bodice that I designed for the event.  I used Louet’s Merlin Avalon yarn: “a magical blend of wool and flax”.  In hindsight I guess clothes were usually woven and not knit back then.  Well, everyone else is a little lax with the authenticity.  At least I’m not wearing a Hot Topic goth corset or something.  Sean got so many comments last time on his Clockwork Orange T-shirt that he had to wear it again this time.  He got about three or four comments this time.  I ran into Mike there but forgot to get a picture with him.  I did take some random pictures later in the day, mostly of people’s backs.

Crazy jester lady:

Bloody goths or something:

Wizard riding a “magical” transporter:

Painted ladies and Sean’s hairy wrist:

All in all, I had a lot of fun.  Even though it was totally gloomy and overcast when I left home, it was super hot by the time we got there.  I put on sunblock this time, but still got kind of sunburnt on my chest.  If I could sum up the Ren Faire in two words, it would be “mammary overload”. 

The rest of the weekend I spent knitting Laminaria.  I finished the star chart on Friday night.

I’m using Misti Alpaca Lace.  I didn’t want to do green like everyone, but I really liked this color at the store.  I was pretty proud of myself, I was able to fix a mistake two rows below.  I forgot to do the 3-into-3 thing and just did a SSSK.  It probably took me as long as it would have to tink back those two rows though.  I just finished the transitional chart this afternoon but may wait a bit before going onto the blossom chart.  I’m going to be demo-ing at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Festival next Sunday (hopefully with you!) so I should try to card up some more alpaca so I don’t have to do it there at the event. 

In other news, I broke the display on my phone and the phone is slowly beginning to die on me.  If you or anyone calls me and I don’t answer, you must leave a message.  Better yet leave a message with your phone number in it.  Anyone have a decent AT&T/Cingular phone they don’t need anymore?  I also made some mozzarella and ricotta cheese today.  It always takes longer than I think it will.  After all that I feel too lazy to make dinner. 

Jill B.


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  1. Oooh! I’m glad you got some pics at the Faire. They’re terrifically entertaining! I’ve never been to one of those things before…

    You’re Laminaria is looking amazing! The yarn is such a nice color. I’ve only made it a few rows into the second repeat of the star chart. It’s going really slowly for me.

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